Less than a calendar year after signing a contract extension, the Titans cut ties with general manager Jon Robinson and fired him with five more games to be played in the 2022 season. Robinson’s abrupt dismissal, first reported by NFL Media and it was made official by the Titans, days after Tennessee’s former Titans star AJ Brown dropped a second game against the Eagles’ Week 13 win against the team.
Robinson’s sudden exit comes with the Titans still at the top of the AFC South and at a pace to host a playoff game. Ryan Cowden, vice president of player personnel, has been appointed interim GM, replacing Robinson.
Amy Adams Strunk said in a team statement, “Since becoming the controlling company in 2015, my aim has been to raise the expected standard in every aspect of our organization. I believe we have made significant progress both internally and externally.” We are making progress in this area with investments in leadership, personnel and new ideas. This progress includes the core of our business, the football team itself, which is regularly evaluated in terms of both results (wins and losses) and team building/roster building. I’m proud of what we’ve done. I’ve been successful in the eight seasons I’ve had, but I believe there is still a lot more to do and bigger goals to meet.
“I want to thank Jon for his dedicated work in putting this organization on an upward trajectory,” said Adams Strunk, “and I wish him and his family all the best.”
Robinson, 46, was hired in 2016 after three years as the Buccaneers director of casting staff. The Titans have never had a losing season under his watch, climbing 9-7 in each of his first four seasons as GM, then moving up to 11-5 and 12-5 respectively in the last two years. But since advancing to the AFC Championship Game in 2019, the Titans have won 0-2 in post-season matches. With a three-game win at AFC South with their eyes on another playoff dock, they just came out of a major loss to Philadelphia where both sides of the ball were exposed.
Robinson’s most notable player acquisitions include quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who came in trade in 2019; and running back Derrick Henry, a second-round pick in 2017. Brown, now with the Eagles, was also a dominant player in Tennessee, but this summer, failed contract negotiations that led to the widefield trade to Philadelphia spurred Brown into action. has been publicly critical of Titan’s rice in recent months.